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That the generation to come might know . . . (Psalm 78:6).

God’s Word tells us of the importance of children in the eyes of God. In Russia and her neighboring countries, generations are growing up with little or no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching them with the Gospel is critical.

Russian children and their families face monumental challenges. Economic conditions have been unstable since the Soviet collapse, and even two decades after the end of atheistic communism, millions are left with an enormous spiritual vacuum. Parents want better lives for their children, and they are deeply grateful when caring local church workers show genuine love to their little ones. Because of this, evangelical churches have tremendous opportunities for evangelistic outreach and discipleship ministries dedicated to children. Best of all, as the children are shown Christ’s love through the local church and believe the Gospel, the children often become the evangelists to reach their whole families.

Children are the church of tomorrow, and whether it’s through SGA-sponsored summer camps, orphan ministry or Sunday schools, the God-given opportunities to reach them are truly vast.

Immanuel’s Child 2016

The wonderful reports are beginning to come in from this year’s Immanuel’s Child Christmas outreaches across Russia and her neighboring countries. We’re excited to be able to share a few excerpts that will encourage your hearts.

Gena’s Story

What does it mean for a child who lived their entire life in an orphanage, or in children’s home, to leave the only place they knew and come face to face outside with adult life? For many, their lives are filled with fear—fear of the unknown, of independence, of responsibility, and above all, the fear of being alone to face the invariable problems of life.

Living and Proving God’s Word in Love

In the nation of Belarus, we are thankful to be able to support several churches and their fruitful Orphans Reborn outreaches. Not long ago, we received a great report from Pastor Igor, who leads a team near the capital of Minsk. They have been working with local orphans on the theme of the Bible, and how important it is to live by the principles laid forth in God’s Word.

Christ’s Love for Special Children with Special Needs

Dmitri is an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor laboring in Belarus. Recently, he sent in a wonderful report about a summer camp that his church held for children with physical challenges and other special needs—a camp SGA partners helped make possible.

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